AMA Superbike: 2011 DIS Race 1 Results

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After months of preparation leading up to the opening race of the 2011 AMA Superbike series, four riders went down before the 24-rider grid could even make it around the 2.9-mile Daytona course for the first time.

The first two to go down on lap 1 were the BMW S1000RR superbikes ridden by Iron horse BMW’s Chris Peris and Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram.

Then, the Australian rider Chris Trounson aboard the ADR Fly Racing GSX-R1000 collided with Cycle World Attack Kawasaki’s Eric Bostrom, sending both riders to the pavement.

This first-lap melee brought out the red flag, causing a restart. All four riders remounted, Eric Bostrom on a B bike.

When the lights went out for the second start of Race 1 in Daytona, it was the man on the pole that got the holeshot, charging his Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 to the front, immediately placing over a half-second on the field behind.

Josh Hayes was followed by Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates Blake Young and Tommy Hayden. Also getting a great start was the No. 54 Natiaonal Guard Michael Jordan Suzuki rider Roger Hayden, who was right behind his brother Tommy. Roger’s teammate Ben Bostrom was also in tow in fifth.

But by the end of lap 2, these top five riders were evenly spaced. This order up top remained for the first half of the 15-lap race, until Young and Tommy Hayden passed Hayes.

The three-way battle went on till the very end, with Hayes getting into first a few times before the last lap. Before the finish line, Young and Hayden went nose to nose towards, but Young took the win by 0.26 of a second. Hayes finished ??? behind Hayden. Taking the fourth and fifth was ???, respectively.

Blake Young (Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000) says: "It feels fantastic to end last year the way we did and get the win today. The race started out pretty good for me, Josh jumped out there and set up a really good pace, and in all it was really good.

"I just really wanted to try to get a feel for how fast everybody’s motorcycle was around the banking; I didn’t know if Tommy was back there or not, but when he did come by with about five to go I just said, ‘Here we go, let’s see what he’s got,’ and the race played out the way it did.

"I came out of the chicane on the last lap and thought to myself, ‘I really lost this thing’ because I thought Josh was far out enough to give Tommy a really good tow. Tommy rode really good…. I tried to come around but it was really surprising-a big gust of wind hit the front to of my bike like a wall, but when I gave way a little bit it seemed like bike started going forward again, and I won."

Tommy Hayden (Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000) says: "Obviously it’s a good solid start to the season, a lot better than starting on the ground or a DNF, but when you’re right there and you feel like you have a good chance, it’s frustrating to lose a close one.

"But like I said, the bike was good, I was in a good position, and it could have easily went either way. I try not to get too bummed out about it because it’s just the nature of the track. I don’t know what I could have done different…. I think about some things, but you never know how it’s going to turn out [here].

"When you come off NASCAR 4 there, you just get in the best position and hope for the best. I just didn’t time the draft real well, and even if I had-sitting second with Blake behind me on the same motorcycle-it would have been a hard thing to beat.

Josh Hayes (Graves Yamaha YZF-R1) says: "I got to the front, but I don’t know how much of a gap I ever had at any time. It’s just really hard to put together perfect laps, and I knew if I didn’t do that, these guys as a group were going to run me back down. I probably got a little complacent because I made it from the chicane to the start-finish line so many times.

"Then when they caught up to me I kind of got a second wind and started to ride a little better, and I knew my best chance was if I could do it just right, I could maybe win it from the front. Tommy’s mistake was kind of a gift, since I was going to find my way to the front anyway if I could. I knew it was kind of a gamble, but … last year I would have done just about anything for this position, so I’m happy with that.

"You don’t hear them [coming], but you definitely feel it. In fact, I couldn’t believe how much my bodywork was moving around in the draft, probably two inches from side to side. It’s incredibly powerful when you get in there with a bunch of guys, but it’s exciting racing-that’s Daytona."

2011 AMA Superbike: Daytona Race 1 Results:

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
1.79Blake YoungRockstar ·Makita ·SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100015 LapsWINNER1:38.0830
2.22Tommy HaydenRockstar ·Makita ·SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10000.0260.0261:38.1670
3.1Josh HayesMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha R10.0510.0251:38.3770
4.23Ben BostromJordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10000.5020.4501:37.6570
5.54Roger HaydenNational GuardSuzuki GSX-R10002.6642.1611:38.0220
6.36Martin CardenasM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100014.42311.7591:39.1320
7.72Larry PegramForemost Insurance ·Pegram RacingBMW S1000RR26.66912.2451:39.4000
8.57Jeremy ToyeSan Diego BMW Racing Powered by Lees CycleBMW S1000RR32.7956.1261:39.6750
9.18Chris UlrichM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100040.6177.8221:40.5500
10.25David AnthonyADR Fly RacingSuzuki GSX-R100044.1093.4911:40.6740
11.2Chris ClarkYamaha Extended Service, Pat Clark Sports, Graves, YamahaYamaha R159.29415.1851:41.6550
12.64Shane NarbonneDASPerformance.comSuzuki GSX-R100059.6860.3921:41.5700
13.9Eric HaugoViking MotoSuzuki GSX-R10001:21.50121.8151:43.0660
14.33Jordan BurgessADR Fly RacingSuzuki GSX-R10001:22.0330.5311:43.3040
15.41Eric PinsonGo 4 OneBMW S1000RR1:35.75113.7181:43.8210
16.74Bostjan SkubicInotherm Yamaha Racing Team SloveniaYamaha R11:36.6100.8591:44.0070
17.46Jeffrey LampeKissimmee Motorsports KawasakiKawasaki ZX-101:36.6440.0341:43.4710
18.12Trent GibsonSeven SportsSuzuki GSX-R10001:37.3310.6861:43.7240
19.269Johnny Rock PageADR Fly RacingSuzuki GSX-R10006 Laps9 Laps1:44.6120
20.99Geoff MayErik Buell RacingBuell 1125R4 Laps2 Laps1:44.5060
21.63Skip SaleniusRun 1 Racing MotorsportsYamaha R159.16559.1651:45.4220
22.8Chris PerisTeam Iron Horse BMW ·ESPBMW S1000RRDNFDNF-no times-0
23.10Eric BostromCycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki ZX-10DNFDNF-no times-0
24.26Chris TrounsonADR Fly RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000DNFDNF-no times-0